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Yellow Taxi Cab Accidents & Injuries
Yellow taxi cabs are an icon in New York. Referred to as Medallion taxis, these vehicles are a staple for transportation throughout the five boroughs. If you are injured while riding in a taxi cab or were a pedestrian struck by a cab, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you are injured in a taxi accident, call Ajlouny Injury Law for free legal help: (718) 233-3913. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue a claim for damages against a negligent party.
Who Is Liable for a Taxi Accident?
Unfortunately, taxi accidents are an all too common occurrence in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Determining liability in a taxicab accident case can be complex and requires an attorney with specific knowledge about the laws that govern the owners and operators of taxis.
A taxicab owner may be insured by more than one company and could have multiple policies. You must submit a claim under each policy to ensure that you get the most extensive recovery available. Our attorneys can help you file a claim and obtain the settlement you deserve after a taxi accident.
New York Taxi Minimum Insurance Coverage Requirements
In addition to being properly licensed and a registered vehicle, all taxicab owners must ensure that their vehicles are adequately insured under New York State Insurance Law. New York Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 370 requires all motor vehicles to carry minimum liability coverage of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence.
However, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission further requires that all licensed taxis must have minimum liability coverage of:
- $100,000 per person
- $300,000 per occurrence
One of the difficulties in obtaining a settlement after a taxi cab accident is that the defendant may have multiple insurers. Without a thorough investigation, you may not be aware of anything beyond a taxicab owner’s primary policy. In many cases, they may have a second insurer and an excess policy who you must give notice of the claim to obtain a settlement.
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Taxi Accident?
You should never accept a settlement without having your case reviewed by a NYC taxi accident lawyer. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is to try and handle a taxi accident case without an experienced attorney.
In many cases, the insurance company will try to get you to settle for far less than your case is worth. Insurance companies know that few taxi accident victims understand the law, and they immediately take advantage by trying to get you to settle your claim quickly.
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Who can I sue if I am involved in a taxi accident?
There may be one named defendant or multiple defendants depending on the circumstances of the case. The owner of the taxicab, taxi driver, and any other negligent party may all be held liable in a taxi accident case. Even if you believe that you were partially at fault for the accident, you might still be entitled to recovery. In New York, contributory negligence is not a bar to your claim for damages.
In addition to an owner or operator, if the vehicle was not functioning correctly or there was an auto product defect that contributed to your injuries, the manufacturer, mechanic, or parent company may all be included in the lawsuit.
How much is my taxi accident case worth?
All cases are different and depend on several contributing factors, including your injuries, the actions of the negligent party, and whether you had culpable conduct. To get a better understanding of the amount of damages you can seek, call our offices to talk to an attorney.
Should I accept a settlement from the insurance company?
You should never accept a settlement from the insurance company without having your case reviewed by an attorney. In many cases, the insurance company will attempt to get you to settle your case quickly for less than it is worth.
If you settle your case without an independent investigation, the offer may not take into consideration the full extent of your injuries. In cases of serious or catastrophic injuries, you need to have an expert determine future costs of medical treatments and your total loss of earnings.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Under New York law, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim for damages in a personal injury case. If you are bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one, you have two years from the decedent’s death.
Do I need an attorney?
Because of the complexities involved in liability, it is strongly recommended that you retain a NYC car accident attorney to represent you following a taxi accident. We will ensure that you get the most money available in your case and that all responsible parties are held accountable.
Common Causes of Taxi Accidents
Whether you are a passenger or a pedestrian, you are at risk of being injured by a taxicab. When a negligent operator causes your injuries, you deserve compensation. In many cases, taxi accidents are preventable. You should never have to pay for someone else's inattention or careless act.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is responsible for licensing New York City's taxi cabs, for-hire vehicles, commuter vans, and paratransit vehicles. According to their records, they have over 200,000 licensees, which complete an estimated 1,000,000 trips each day.
Some of the most common causes of taxi accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Failing to obey traffic signals
According to New York City’s Vision Zero, an estimated 3,000 residents are seriously injured in traffic accidents each year, and over 200 are killed. In an effort to reduce these accidents, the city has put forward a number of initiatives that target dangerous driving.
The TLC has identified driver fatigue as one of the leading contributors to traffic accidents noting that “driving while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving after heavy drinking. The TLC has put forward fatigued driving prevention rules to address both acute and chronic fatigue in taxicab operators.
Ajlouny Injury Law Is Here to Help
When you call Ajlouny Injury Law, you will always speak directly to a knowledgeable lawyer. We will never give you the runaround or make you recount your story to different office staff before finally being put through to an attorney. On your first call, you will receive free legal advice from an actual attorney. Contact us online today or call (718) 233-3913 for a free consultation.